Right before Disney Expo 23 begins on August 14th, 2015, Entertainment Weekly has come out with an exclusive issue covering Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The issue features brand new images and details on the secretive Sith Kylo Ren, including some tidbits about his lightsaber and background from director J.J. Abrams.
Abrams in the interview began to speak about the design of Kylo Ren’s mask and his lightsaber, “The movie explains the origins of the mask and where it’s from, but the design was meant to be a nod to the Vader mask. The lightsaber is something that he built himself, and is as dangerous and as fierce and as ragged as the character.”
The magazine also said that the character will have a similar story to Luke Skywalker as in the original 1977 movie. Kylo Ren is said to be part of a secret order known as the Knights of Ren, a moniker that he adapted in the same vein as Darth.
“As you see in the best of storytelling, and no doubt the best of Star Wars, these are tales in which an everyperson has to step up. And I think that what makes Ren so unique is that he isn’t as fully formed as when we meet a character such as Darth Vader. And I think that there are two sides to the Force. Both sides, arguably, would see themselves as the hero of their story, and I think that applies here.”